Saturday, June 6, 2009

Mix1 review and a Pearl Izumi contest.

So my review didn't happen yesterday. Too much going on with the toddler birthday party in the morning and then preparation for a family party today. Life. It's always getting in the way of my blogging! Sheesh!

Today, though, I have a review of the Mix1 protein and antioxidant drinks. Mix1's PR person, Dina, sent me a huge box of the drinks and the first thing I thought when I opened it was that the packaging is fun! These bottles are just plain cute and colorful. But that's not what makes a drink so I decided that I would actually taste the different flavors in order to provide a thorough review.

And that's what I did. Before I give you my thoughts, let me share some information from the company. Mix1 calls itself an "all natural fast food" stating that "before or after your workout, mealtime, downtime, anytime -- mix1 provides sustained energy to get you through your busy day." The drinks are comprised of a 2:1 carb to protein ratio and contain antioxidants, fiber and the equivalent of 3 servings of fruits and veggies. There are also two new drinks -- the hi-antioxidant fiber drinks in dark-berry and orange-carrot -- that contain the equivalent of 9 servings of fruits and veggies. You can learn a lot more about the drinks at their web site here.

So how did they work for me? Well, pretty good. First, though, I have to confess that I have a weird thing with milk. I don't like it. It's the texture of milk that I don't go for and I just can't drink it. What does this have to do with Mix1 drinks? Not much, except that the "tangy and creamy" drinks have a texture that is somewhat close to, but not entirely the same as, milk. Once I got that in my head, I couldn't get it out!

I'm a wackadoodle, I know. This would not be a problem for anyone other than me and I wish I hadn't let the milk thing creep into my mind! But it did. I forged ahead, though, for the benefit of all of you out there in the internets and kept trying the drinks. Slightly creamy though they were.

The mix1 drinks are tasty! The dark-berry hi-antioxidant drink is really good. They were also the right amount of filling -- they seemed like they would make a perfect 4pm snack when I'm planning a 5:30 run. Oh, right! I actually tried that out and it worked. I had the mango drink around 4 one afternoon, when I normally have to eat a pre-run snack, and headed out for a run at 5:45. Worked like a charm.

As with most specialty drinks these days, they are a little pricey. I couldn't find actual store prices but I did see that they are for sale on Amazon here, 12 bottles for $25.

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You know what else Dina told me about? A Pearl Izumi contest! This is pretty cool. Pearl Izumi is giving away $250 worth of gear in their Animal Encounters Contest. They are looking for stories from people who've had encounters with animals while out on a run. You can post a video, photo or story.

The contest runs through June 15th. And, hey, you're chances are super good right now so check it out! Who wouldn't like $250 worth of running gear? I would love it!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

~ Felice





13 comments:

Heather C said...

I've never heard of Mix1! I like the carb:protein ratio, but can't say the "euqivalent to 9 svgs of fruits and vegetables" is a selling point with me. Nutritionist mindset takes over when I read things like that- its more enjoyable (and tasty!) and actually EAT fruits/veggies right?
:) way to get 'em down even with the milk thing! I'm weird with food/drink textures too, I feel yaaa.

D10 said...

First, I love the pictures posted in Thursdays post. I have never heard of Mix 1, I'll have to check it out. Glad you found something that works!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I've never heard of Mix1 either! Interesting...

ShutUpandRun said...

I've tried the Mix1 and really like them. I'm not a huge fan of milk either, but these were light enough that I liked them. Thanks for your detailed review!

X-Country2 said...

I like milk, but it's the last thing I want after a run. Interesting review. Sounds like something I could drink.

J said...

I see soo many animals when I run! I just can't remember any good stories and i dont have any pictures :(

RunToFinish said...

ok now I need to hear about the toddlers party it sounds fun! I am going back to make sure there isn't a post I missed. thanks for the heads up on the contest and for info on a new fun drink

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Hmmmm Can I make up a story about an animal.. I have snakes, bunnies, birds, and that is about it, nothing warranting a win. Bummer.. Toddlers parties, TIRING!!

chris mcpeake said...

hadnt heard of mix 1 .. will have to check it out. Good luck with your running.

Rich Poley said...

i've tried Mix 1, you're right, it does have a disturbing milky quality. I generally like milk but couldn't get through a bottle of this stuff and threw it out. I figured I was better off eating the fruits and vegetables in solid form.

Anonymous said...

I discovered Mix1 at my local Meijers and it was almost half off. I bought a couple bottles and loved it, then bought a bunch more. I can chug it down fast, it tastes great, feels clean, and isn't full of crap. I hate milk as a drink, but this doesn't really make me think of milk.

lindsay said...

mix1 sounds delicious! i'll have to check it out :)

thanks for the contest info - not that i ever win anything but an attempt at $250 won't hurt right?

jillwillrun said...

Thanks for the Mix1 review. I admit, I've seen their advertising in magazines and they've got a good campaign because it just visually catches my eye and makes me want to learn more!

I have so many animal encounters... pit bulls, german shepherds, poodles and ostriches.... I am a magnet for strange animal moments on the run.

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